Intern - Government Relations & Public Policy (Fall 2022)
Elevator Pitch: Why will you enjoy this new opportunity?
VMware recognizes that today’s students are tomorrow’s trailblazers, and we value the opportunity to benefit from your fresh perspective. If you thrive in an open, innovative, technology-driven culture, VMware could be the place for you! You will be exposed to a wide range of software platform technologies that are utilized by customers all over the world.
If you are a highly motivated, talented, and intelligent student, we want you to join us! Reporting directly to the Vice President, you'll be an integral part of a team of US federal and state government relations professionals. You'll have an opportunity to research and work on the many policy issues facing technology companies. During your internship, we hope that you will enjoy the opportunity to work closely with our team of government relations professionals. You’ll have the unique experience of working with a technology company focused on shaping a changing, digital world.
Success in the Role: What are the performance outcomes over the course of the internship?
Participate and play an active role in US Federal strategic assignments:
- Within the first couple weeks, you will be integrated into meetings and assigned to multiple recurring assignments.
- By the end of the internship, you will have mastered the recurring tasks and will be leading the assignments with an ability to fully execute independently.
Be a proactive member of the team:
- You will be successful if you are a self-starter and can effectively communicate your desire to learn more and ask how else you can help. Team members will delegate assignments to you as you ask for them. Your internship is best how you make it.
- You will excel in this role if you bring confidence and exceptional interpersonal skills to your work conduct and product.
- You will be expected to manage multiple projects and assignments at once, be flexible with moving parts across many time zones.
- You will be most successful when you can demonstrate that you are a practical problem-solver who possesses a strong business sense, confidence, maturity, and calm even under pressure.
- Following our VMware community, you will conduct yourself with the highest degree of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
The Work: What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?
While you will be supporting the broader Global Government Relations and Public Policy team, you will be receiving primary direction from the US federal team in Washington, DC. You will be involved in many staff and industry meetings, capturing meeting notes, and attend committee hearings on Capitol Hill, writing meeting memos. In support of our communications to internal and external audiences, you will write and prepare content for our various newsletters, infographics, and executive briefs. You will provide analysis and conduct research on policy issues surrounding technology, digital infrastructure, 5G, privacy, cybersecurity, multi-cloud, and other issues. Utilizing our multiple subscriptions and resources, you will be tasked to monitor and track industry news and related legislative developments.
There are opportunities to work on long-term, strategic projects and additional special projects as assigned.
What is the leadership like for this role? What is the structure and culture of the team like?
The hiring manager for this role has built his team from the ground up and has successfully and effectively executed a comprehensive government relations strategy in key markets across the globe. The Vice President’s management philosophy is about trusting the talent on our team. Interns are encouraged to explore their curiosities about our company’s work and to engage them directly in our team’s work.
You will be managed primarily by two team members: the Global Political & Operations Manager and the Global Policy Analyst. Their management philosophy is all about “teamwork.” They work actively to involve interns as core members of the team. They both value collaboration, open communication, asking any and all questions, and a desire to dig deeper into our core mission.
Broadly, the Global Government Relations and Public team is comprised of professionals across the world, in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, many with years of experience in the government and public sectors. The team is part of the Legal Department at VMware led by VMware’s General Counsel and Executive Vice President.
Where is this role located?
Fixed: this role is based in Washington, DC with some work being performed between a VMware office, home office, and Capitol Hill.
What are the benefits and perks of working at VMware?
As an Intern, you will be supported with a comprehensive benefits package. You can view the complete intern benefits package by visiting www.benefits.vmware.com.
Please note that while anyone with a legal right to work in the U.S. may apply for this role, VMware is not presently sponsoring work visas for the entry-level roles for which these Internships may prepare you.
This internship is available to currently enrolled Bachelor and/or Master-level students only.
This opportunity is a full-time, 12-week program during Fall 2022 (beginning in September).
This position will perform work that the U.S. government has specified can only be performed by a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and therefore any offer will be contingent upon verification of both of these requirements.